Select Oyster Bar

4.8
1267 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Select Oyster Bar, the first solo venture from chef Michael Serpa, is a neighborhood oyster bar & seafood restaurant in the heart of Back Bay. Select offers fresh, local seafood with Mediterranean influences in a cozy brownstone space. A carefully curated raw bar, creative crudo, and thoughtful fish entrees round out the menu. A seafood centric wine program feature classic pairings as well as off the beaten path selections is the center of the beverage program, alongside artisan cocktails and craft beer.

Food & Wine America's Best New Wine Bars, Boston Mag Best New Restaurant & Best Wine Program, Improper Bostonian Best Seafood.


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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The noise level was so bad you could not carry on a conversation. They crowded so many people into a small room you could not walk to the rest room . The food is not special. One waiter to take care of the whole room, and he was the best part of the dining experience.
I will No longer trust the reviews on open table.

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Timr
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful and the experience was perfect for an afternoon.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Father’s Day lunch. The food was great, although extremely expensive. Most expensive lunch we’ve had in a while. If you get a platter that should fill you up. There were three of us and we got the Gloucester seafood platter and we each got a starter. I would have been fine with just the platter.

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vipDiana
New England
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great and our service was awesome as well! We loved the cute outdoor seating and drinks were delicious.

CG
vipChicagoGal
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about the place. Sat at the bar and the bartender was very knowledgeable about the oysters. My boyfriend and I were visiting Boston to try oysters and had a wonderful experience. Also tried some of the appetizers which were all outstanding. Would highly recommend.

HS
vipHannaS
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best oysters in Boston!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience … over the top delicious food … friendly staff! Our meal was absolutely incredible. The anchovies toast took me RIGHT back to Spain and the Clams were TO DIE FOR!!! I also had the whole roasted sea bream and it was stunning. My hubby enjoyed the oysters and crab claws and said they were amazing! My Negroni and special Rioja were over the top and rounded out the experience. This was not a cheap night, but worth every penny to have such an incredible meal in such a quaint and beautiful spot. This made our trip and was the perfect date night.

BB
BradleyB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good oysters but did not like the waitresses recommendation, salty and nasty. I like a tasty oyster. That might be on me lol. Overall good experience but not the best in Boston.

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nancyn
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and fantastic service. Can’t wait to come back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - the oysters, shrimp, crudo, ceviche, everything was excellent! Service was great (thanks Elizabeth!) and we had a wonderfully relaxed and enjoyable meal. Great wine list too! We will be back

JB
vipJBtable
New England
114 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing blue fin crudo special.
As usual great octopus w cilantro and greens; and light tasty beets salad.
Mussels were good but a bit spicier than usual.
Service is always amazing ( and tip already included on bill)
Always the freshest and tastiest seafood in the Backbay

FC
FoodCritic
Miami
69 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of oysters. The oysters were excellent. Would return again.

JS
JSNYC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent and I look forward to going back

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vipraya
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING as always!!! Best food and service in Boston!!!

BB
BarbraB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Friendly severs and helpful. My daughter did not feel well so the 2 of us had to leave. The staff made sure she was fine and helped us through everything. They sent our dinner home with the other 2 that stayed from our party.

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vipShar
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent

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Yum1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the vibe and the wait staff are super mellow and they knowledgeable. My entree was a little salty in not the right direction, but overall good. A bit pricey for every item. Nice wine selections.

KW
KyleW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food so uniquely fresh and good it was well worth whatever it cost.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for the food/cocktails/wine list(excellent) but will return for the service. Thanks guys!

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vipGsquared1959
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great raw bar and restaurant. Amazing vibe and service. One of my favorite places in Boston

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing fresh seafood! A little pricey and wish the cocktail list was a little more expansive, but overall very good food.

DA
vipDArcyG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The freshest fish I ever had!!! Excellent, excellent!

JK
vipJeanineK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love select oyster. Best lobster salad ever

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vipBoston
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Order Arctic char medium - was rather underdone - but do not like to send food back - took leftovers home and will cook a bit more.

NB
vipNatashaB
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Absolutely loved it, perfect stop for some in town oysters and some vino! Thanks to the team for making our experience such a pleasure.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming staff, hospitality off the Charts, great wine recommendation (the cheapest on the menu!) , and overall a lovely time out. My wife and I try to go here at least 2x a year and even went outside dining during pandemic (one of only a few experiences ) and can’t say enough about it.

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vipAudsf
New England
64 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, service a bit slow but wonderful server

FF
vipFoodFan
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great experience. Highly recommend!

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viplaura
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so fresh and the tastes were all so interesting. It was an amazing dining experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fave in Boston! Excellent food, nice ambiance. Can’t wait for my next dinner

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jillyfaaace
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had out. Oysters were delicious and loved the homage to Steve Zissou all over the restaurant!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and better food! We enjoyed it very much! Thank you

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Shap
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gina was a delight, And the Arctic char and halibut were fantastic.

CN
ChristyN
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Incredible quality of seafood and salt water martini was to die for

CU
CherylU
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh seafood. The staff was extremely helpful. Cannot wait to go back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great oyster variety!

LS
vipLizS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Oysters and the entrees were awesome. Great atmosphere and vibe! Gloucester Street is tucked between Boylston Street and Newbury Street in Back Bay. Good for a date night or friends get together.

NH
vipNancyH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating on Gloucester, but we had a table in front of the bar with great ventilation from the entryway. Super fresh tasting raw fish and oysters - pristine and delicious. To accommodate demand versus seating supply, they politely kept us to our allotted time at the table - easy to abide by that rule during what are hopefully the waning days of COVID.

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Stolaur
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Almost like French service, so many servers filling in besides our order waitress! Very good business model, i.e. no waiting for second glass of wine or the check. All servers were exceptional, as well as the food & wine. Husband swears best Negroni cocktail ever. Made early rez and procured lovely window table inside, but outside and bar seating looked inviting and comfortably spaced.

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vipNoreturnto
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Quality of food was outstanding and service was very good.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Select Oyster Bar using the Order Online button. Select Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (857) 239-8064.

Select Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1267 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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